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Spring freight season has sprung? Spot market volume up in the last week

"Spring appears to have (been) sprung," notes DAT's Ken Harper with this week's spot market update. "Loads up, rates up, hyacinths too" in comparison to the previous week's numbers.

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Rates took a nosedive in February, major segments drop nearly a dime each

February’s rate declines were the continuation of about a now 18-month-long trend, as flatbed, reefer and van rates have steadily fallen since peaking at record highs in mid-2014. Here are the latest per-mile numbers for each.

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Reefer, van spot market update: Rates ‘may have finally bottomed out’

Weekly spot market update for first week of February, the slowest month on DAT's load boards, shows reefer lulls in the very-low-demand Pacific Northwest, as well as Florida and Georgia. Southern-border reefer activity is beating California, too.

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Spot market rates, volume: Hot markets for van and reefer across Midwest, South

The brief "reminder of 2014" we got in last week's spot market update in the very high van load-to-truck ratio came back down to earth this, though it's still high for this time of year.

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Building the customer base: Work the relationship for the long term

Working the spot market via load boards, you may never lay eyes on the face of the freight broker. By contrast, going after direct shipper contracts is largely an exercise in long-term relationship building.

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The question any independent owner-operator business must answer

“Why is anybody going to use you to ship their material?” -- your business' distinguishing "why you" factor could take many forms, such as in these examples related to specialized equipment, geography and freight niche.

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Reefer spot-market-volume surge follows Thanksgiving holiday week

Reefer demand improved substantially with the load availability boost last week, DAT says. The national load-to-truck ratio rose 33 percent, to 5.7 loads per truck.

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Cold chain update ahead of the holiday: Hot spots for reefer freight

Spot market reefer freight was hot last week on DAT load boards in Albuquerque, N.M.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Little Rock., Ark., among other locales.

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Rates dip again in October: Charts on van, reefer, flatbed trends

This is the third straight month all three segments have seen a decline in their national averages. Rates have been trending down since hitting record highs last summer. Here are the latest numbers for reefer, dry van and flatbed rates.

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Where freight’s hot and not: National van, flat, reefer demand update

Nationally, demand for owner-operators pulling dry van rose with load availability, but reefer and flatbed both showed declines in DAT's load-board network.

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